This Week In Schadenfreude

schadenfreude (SHäʹdÉ™nfroid’É™/), noun: Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else’s misfortune.
Okay, maybe not full-on schadenfreude, but these stories certainly induced a certain wry smile or two from Yours Truly.
JammieWearingFool: Somali pirates receive ransom, hilarity ensues.

This is the dramatic moment a ransom of $3million was paid to Somali pirates to end the world’s biggest ship hijacking.
The canister full of cash was parachuted onto the Sirius Star – observed by the U.S. Navy who provided these images – and the two-month ordeal of the 25 crew, including two Britons, was finally over.
However things went badly wrong for the pirates soon after the drop – they squabbled over how to split the money and then a wave washed off their getaway boat and drowned five of them.

Daily Mail (UK): Former French President Chirac hospitalized after mauling by his clinically depressed poodle:

Former French president Jacques Chirac was rushed to hospital after being mauled by his own ‘clinically depressed’ pet dog.
The 76-year-old statesman was savaged by his white Maltese dog – which suffers from frenzied fits and is being treated with anti-depressants.

I do not know if a better headline has been written in the history of EVER.
Joystiq: Hubris-encumbered electronics/”entertainment” giant Sony loses $2.9 BILLION due to overlapping product lines, idiotic retention of $399 PlayStation 3 price-point, blinkered pursuit of lawsuits against its own music-sharing customers:
Okay, Joystiq didn’t say that — I did. -ed.

If you’re an overpaid, television design director reading this from a battery-powered, mid-sized LCD panel, you’re about to have a very bad day. After warning that it would post a record $2.9 billion annual operating loss due to weakening demand and a mightier yen, Sony Corp. has unveiled plans to significantly restructure its operations, not to mention that stupid economy’s face.
According to Reuters, the plan is to cut costs by 250 billion yen by March 2010, a move that would see the end of TV manufacturing and design at one plant in Japan and a worldwide reduction in TV design’s headcount by 30 percent. Sony also plans to consolidate resources devoted to batteries (we hope the “anti-explosion” division won’t be too hard hit) and small and mid-size LCDs. The salaries going to directors and managers are also expected to be cut.
See, we told you you’d be having a bad day.

MSNBC: Obama pick to run Treasury (and thus head the IRS) unable to use Turbo Tax, common sense:
There I go, editorializing again! -ed.

Under questioning from Senate Finance Committee Republican member Chuck Grassley, Geithner was very reluctant to disclose which tax filing software he used. He quickly suggested the software wasn’t the problem; he was.
But Grassley pushed back, again asking what software he used. Geithner said, “Turbo Tax.” Grassley then asked if Turbo Tax has brought it to his attention that Geithner needed to pay more taxes. Geithner said, “No.”

…Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

Imagine, if you will, that you have somehow been able to escape seeing Star Wars in any of its incarnations but have managed to pick up its main tenets via cultural osmosis. What would your summary of the plot look like? Let us hope it is nothing like this:


Playing Catsup

My various browsers comprise a veritable swaying, swinging tower of memory usage, threatening to cause my poor little MacBook to go belly-up unless I divulge some of the various links I’ve managed to stumble across lo these many unblogged days. So, with that in mind, here goes.
Feltron’s personal “annual report” is a wonder of graphic design and self-deprecating humor that shouldn’t be missed. (He divulges, in a quiet deadpan, that the number of miles he “traveled” in 2008 includes miles traveled in Grand Theft Auto 4.)
The Palm pre is almost good enough to convert me over to a Sprint customer, at least in theory. We’ll see.
Jeff Bridges kept a personal photo journal while on the set making Iron Man. Awesome.
Also Iron Man-related: how one man’s Flickr photo ended up being featured prominently in the film.
Have you ever wondered how the TV networks get that cool first down yellow line on the field during NFL games? Wonder no more:

H/T Gizmodo.
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Literally Lyrical

What happens when you retool the lyrics to A-Ha’s “Take On Me” so that they describe what’s literally going on in the video? Brilliance!

(Barnyard reference to human posterior appears twice or so, but other than that, it’s okay.)

Rocket Man

The only thing better than one William Shatner? Four William Shatners, one of whom is a giant head, singingperforming Elton John’s “Rocket Man”.

(See also Spoken Word Slim Shady, a Futurama classic.)